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post #1 of 8 Old 09-23-2013, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Listening to music while riding

Is it safe to have my earbuds in while I ride. I'm still learning the basics & I think that if I listen to music while I ride I can block out my brain a bit.

My mind does get in the way of my riding. But music does tend to get me into the flow of things.

However, if this is not safe, I dont want to take any chances. I've already lost a little confidence in my riding... I dont want to shake it any more.

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-23-2013, 10:00 PM
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i do it all the time lol. Just keep an eye on you surroundings
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-24-2013, 02:24 AM
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What I might suggest would be to listen to the music with your earbuds around your neck instead of in your ears, just because that way you can hear the music but also be able to hear what's going on around you just in case.

If you're riding in an arena then it shouldn't be too big of an issue if you find you really need to have them in your ears, but for a trail ride or hack I would personally only to as far as to have them around my neck.
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-24-2013, 03:32 AM
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I also like to use music sometimes to kinda shut my brain up lol. If I take earbuds I only put one in and leave the other around my neck. That way I can hear the music clearly and hear what's happening in my surroundings. My problem is that with music on, even if I hear something happening around me I don't always pay attention to it because of the music.

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post #5 of 8 Old 09-24-2013, 03:36 AM
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I have been lucky enough to ride in schools with their own speaker system ;)

Just don't do jazz hands when riding :P

If you are on you're own, fine. If there are other riders, I find it rude and dangerous, and have seen a serious accident because the girl with ear buds in didn't hear the call for loose horse, didn't react, and got dumped. Hard.
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-24-2013, 03:58 AM
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If I am stuck doing boring arena stuff, yeah Ill carry along the ol' Ipod, but I usu just put one in, so I got a free ear so to speak. When I am trailriding I dont, why would I miss nature's music for man's?
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-24-2013, 10:53 AM
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I prefer the quiet - I ride for relaxation as well as sport. So when I'm riding the trails I'd rather listen for the bird song and sounds of running water through the creeks and waterfalls. But if I were to listen to music it would only be in a safe environment such as an arena because some drivers in my area have no respect for horse riders. I've had too many close calls with drivers doing stupid things around my horse when I've been riding on or next to a road.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-24-2013, 03:54 PM
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Just keep the cords under your shirt. Don't want to get tangled up if there's some commotion.
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